Top 10 Games (New to you) of 2007
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That's right folks. List your top 10 games that were new to you in 2007. They didn't have to be released in 2007.

Add an item as your top game of 2007 and then list your top ten. Cheers and everyone have a safe or perilous (your choice) New Year's!
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1. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:582]
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Here are mine:

1. Tide of Iron
2. Arkham Horror
3. Fury of Dracula
4. World of Warcraft
5. Marvel Heroes
6. Wits and Wagers
7. Space Dealer
8. Formula De
9. No Thanks!
10. Notre Dame

I realize that my list is FFG heavy, but this is the first year that I REALLY got into their line.

Yes, I know. Formula De?! I've seen Formula De at cons for years and wanted to play it. It took my wife buying the game for my birthday to take the plunge and fall in love with it.

Notre Dame? Well, I've only played Notre Dame a few times this year, but it has occupied my mind quite a bit.

Cheers and let's see what is new to you!
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2. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
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2007 has been an excellent year for me, for new games... I played 96 distinct new games this year, and managed a massive total of 591 plays of all games.

Thebes is my number 1 game this year, with the following games in hot pursuit:

1) Thebes
2) Zooloretto
3) Dancing Dice
4) Cuba
5) On the Underground
6) Around the World in 80 Days
7) Pickomino
8) Caylus Magna Carta
9) Mykerinos
0) Fire and Axe: A Viking Saga
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3. Board Game: Origins: How We Became Human [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2462]
Michael Debije
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Rounding out a top 10, but not in order, I found good/great ones in:

Canal Mania
City of Chaos
Ars Mysteriorum
History of the World
Ironman Football
Throne World
Onward Christian Soldiers
Brass
Ambush!
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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1. "Agreeeeecola"

2. Zooloretto

3. Bohnroschen

4. Pow Wow

5. Qwirkle

6. Nacht der Magier

7. Password (I know, but I never played it before)

8. Thurn and Taxis

9. Ave Caesar

10. Fleet 1715
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5. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:33]
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1. Brass
2. Year of the Dragon
3. Cuba
4. Hamburgum
5. Vikings
6. Pillars of the Earth
7. Notre Dame
8. Amyitis
9. Before the Wind
10.Easter Island
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6. Board Game: Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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1. Power Grid Expansion Deck
2. Tichu
3. Notre Dame
4. La Citta
5. In The Year of the Dragon
6. Kingsburg
7. Brass
8. Die Handler
9. Phoenicia
10. Gemblo
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7. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:33]
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1 Brass
2 1960 - Making of the President
3 Age of Empires III
4 League of Six
5 Hamburgum
6 Darjeeling
7 King of Siam
8 Amyitis
9 Key Harvest
10 Die Wiege der Renaissance
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8. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2498]
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In no particular order:

1 Arkham Horror - Dunwich Horror Expansion
2 Ticket to Ride (all of 'em)
3 Puerto Rico
4 San Juan
5 Carcassonne (with expansions)
6 Tongiaki
7 Unspeakable Words
8 Aquadukt
9 China
10 Shogun

With the exception of the first two, I can blame BGG pictures and reviews for these purchases.
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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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This was my first year at the Geek, so this list currently matches my Top 10 games (with the exception of Magic which I've played for years).

1) Power Grid
2) Acquire
3) Goa (Favorite 2-player)
4) Settlers of Catan (Favorite family game)
5) Railroad Tycoon
6) Tigris & Euphrates
7) Samurai
8) Aton
9) Yspahan
10) St. Petersburg (Most played game).
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10. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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What a great year!

1. Agricola
2. Notre Dame
3. Race for the Galaxy
4. Through the Ages
5. Formula De
6. Galaxy Trucker
7. Zooloretto
8. Thebes
9. Qwirkle
10. Arkadia

The fact that I had to leave off a lot of good titles, rather than scrape to get to ten, tells me that this was an excellent year for me. The fact that most of these are new releases this year tells me that this was an excellent year for the gaming industry.

Here's hoping for a 2008 that is as good (or close)!

Edited to remove a duplication of Formula De in 8th place - D'oh!
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11. Board Game: Die Säulen von Venedig [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2644]
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So many great games this year, but Columns of Venice stands out for me as a game that was a hit with a lot of people I played it with. The gamers enjoyed it, the kids enjoyed it, and heck -- I enjoyed it! It's got tile-laying combined with Citadels-esque role-selection. The cards vary with the number of players which scales the game very well from 2 to 5 players (have yet to try with 6). Sadly, the game has not been published in English but there is very little text on the cards so don't let that stop you from trying this very fun game.

So my list for 2007 is --

d10-1 Die Säulen von Venedig Honorable Mention in the Tile-Laying category goes to Taluva.
d10-2 Verflixxt nochmal (expands That's Life! to 8 players and adds the evil Flixxy. This game got a lot of playing and works well with any number of players. One of my weekly group's most-played games for 2007.) Honorable mention in the Take-That category: Drakon (third edition) (we had some pretty nasty games of this!)
d10-3 Notre Dame (love that card-passing mechanic. The rats -- not so much!)
d10-4 Khronos (tile-laying in three dimensions with a terrific theme. It could be my favorite for 2007 but discovered it late and have only played it a few times.) Honorable Mention in the Didn't Get to Play it Enough to Rate it Higher category: 1960: The Making of the President
d10-5 To Court the King (I don't agree with the naysayers that the game takes too long with 5 players as long as everyone knows the game. Also, I always play with the 2-dice rule for the General. Do I get an extra die this turn or go for the special power??) Honorable mentions in the Dice-Throwing category: Risk Express (it's a Knizia!) and Monopoly Express (hey don't knock it until you've tried it!)
d10-6 Portobello Market (a lot of game in only half an hour). Honorable Mention in the 30-Minute Area Majority category: Patrician
d10-7 Owner's Choice (a dice game disguised as a stock share game, and plays very quickly). Honorable Mention in the More Dice-Throwing category: Catan Dice Game (much better than the rating it deserves although I enjoy Risk and Monopoly Express more)
d10-8 Anno 1503 (got in more plays than I expected as it was very popular with the weekly group). Honorable Mention in the Oldies But Goodies category: The Downfall of Pompeii (lighter than it looks which ends up being very light indeed, but a wonderful family and gateway game).
d10-9 Escalation! (played nearly every week as a filler, and also a huge hit with the family). Honorable Mentions in the Card filler category: Cowabunga and Unspeakable Words
d10-1d10-0 Zombie Fluxx (don't forget to add a bag of plastic zombies!) Hon. Mention in the Looney Labs category: Treehouse (wonderful short filler with great bits, and you can grow it into an Icehouse collection)
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12. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1351]
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In somewhat of a particular order:

1) Pit (10)
2) A Game of Thrones (9)
3) Liar's Dice (9)
4) Neuroshima Hex! (9)
5) Nexus Ops (9)
6) Red Dragon Inn (9)
7) Slapshot (9)
8) Conquest of the Fallen Lands (8)
9) Hive (8)
10) Last Night on Earth (8)

Most of these I have more than 5 plays on this year. Every game was played at least 2.
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13. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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The end of 2006 and 2007 was a period of time when I reencounter with my gaming hobby. So, I've tried for the first time most of my current top ten in this year.

Railroad Tycoon is, dominoes apart, the best game that I have ever played. I look forward to get its expansion, Rails of Europe, and the new edition of Age of Steam to see if this great game gets even better.

Despite its easy rules, the game develops an epic feeling. Players are Railroad Tycoons in the Eastern half of USA. They build rail networks in order to get the most profitable commercial routes. The money is always an issue, so you have to know where and when to spend to get the most victory points out.

For some people, the gameboard is an issue, but not for me. It is huge, and contributes to the epic feel of the game. Besides, the Spanish edition, which I have, doesn't present the warping and the blue-purple cities problems that the original edition had.

My complete list would be:

1. Railroad Tycoon.
2. Antike.
3. La Città.
4. Blue Moon City.
5. Struggle of Empires.
6. Timbuktu.
7. Friedrich.
8. Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery.
9. Brass.
10. Acquire.

By the other hand, I've made a list with my new top 10 games of 2007. Not only those which were printed for the first time, but also those that were republished. If you want to check it out click on this link: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27653
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14. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1363]
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Tops on my list is the racing goodness that is Turfmaster! The rest were pretty good as well.

1) Turfmaster
2) Age of Empires III
3) Imperial
4) Perikles
5) Kreta
6) Giganten (the old oil one, not the new blimp one)
7) Notre Dame
8) Yspahan
9) Rum & Pirates
10) Viva Pamplona
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15. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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A bit shy of 10, but here's my list:

1) Settlers of Catan
2) Betrayal at House on the Hill
3) Sword & Skull
4) Drakon
5) Limbo
6) Landlord!
7) Zombie Fluxx
8) Mother Sheep

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16. Board Game: Burn Rate [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4591]
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1. Burn Rate
2. Martian Coasters
3. Management Material
4. Zombie Fluxx
5. The Nacho Incident
6. Paranoia Mandatory Card Game
7. En Garde (Slugfest)
8. Waterworks
9. Unexploded Cow
10. Shadows Over Camelot
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1. Chicago Express: I still have to try a lot of this year's crop, but it seems like a pretty ho hum year for me. This may be the best of the brand new stuff so far.
2-6. Age of Steam Expansions, although I've only played them each once.
- Age of Steam Expansion: Disco Inferno / Soul Train:
- Age of Steam Expansion #2: Western US and Germany:
- Age of Steam Expansion: Mexico, Spain/Portugal:
- Age of Steam Expansion: Montréal Métro: Only a partial play, but this looks like it'll be a great game for 3 seasoned AoS players.
- Age of Steam Expansion: 1830's Pennsylvania / Northern California:
7. Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery: Could easily move up the list. It's too bad one of our regulars hates area control games!
8. Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe: Only one play of Benelux, but I like the speed of the game!
9. Agricola: Sure, it's good … but is it as good as everyone says? I'm not convinced yet, but I could be.
10 Phoenicia: Need to play it more, figure out how to play it well enough to catch the leader.
11. Taktika: 7.5. Nice combination of flicking and tactics.

Yes, it goes to 11, but 5 of them are all Age of Steam!
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18. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:158]
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Here's my list:

1. 1960: The Making of the President
2. Tide of Iron (pretty much in a tie for first)
3. Duel in the Dark
4. Bonaparte at Marengo
5. Battle Line
6. Gheos
7. Colossal Arena
8. Cleopatra
9. RoboRally
10. Pirate's Cove

Obviously, I'm still catching up on some older games.
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19. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:25]
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01. Through the Ages
02. Goa
03. Die Macher
04. Shogun
05. Liar's Dice
06. Acquire
07. Notre Dame
08. Thebes
09. Bonaparte at Marengo
10. Space Dealer
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20. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
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A really good year, I had alot of trouble cutting it down to 10.

I went with ND, but narrowly over most of the top 10. I loved the game play, and taking my favorite element of the fantastic Fairy Tale (card drafting) and tossing it into a 45-60 minute game.

1) Notre Dame
2) Blue Moon City - I like it best with 3 or 4, plus I seem to do better that way.
3) Thebes - Just plain fun. Amazing how well the theme shines in this one.
4) Yspahan - Love the dice mechanic here.
5) BattleLore - Love the system. Need to play this more.
6) Tumblin-Dice - Got it at a thrift store, so we really get our money out of this one, plus I love dexterity games.
7) Saint Petersburg - Traded for it. Lots of fun.
8) To Court the King - I like dice games, and this is a very good one.
9) The Pillars of the Earth - May have been moved higher with more than just 1 play.
10) Aladdin's Dragons - One of many Breese games I loved from first playing this year. I became a big fan this year.
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21. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:744]
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As I mentioned in the Best Game of 2007 list, I didn't really have a standout game this year. As I was going through my list, I didn't really have a group of games that stood above all the others, either. Therefore, I'm going to list my 10 games by date of first play rather than try to rank them 1 to 10. There are about 5-10 more games that might have made the list if I had done it another day, but these are a pretty good cross section.

Fairy Tale (Jan 19) - This might not have even been eligible for the list if I hadn't had such a hard time getting it to the table the first time. If I had to pick a #1 (as I did on the other list), this would be it.
To Court the King (Feb 02) - People are already tiring of this one, but it's good enough for a place on my list.
BattleLore (Jun 30) - I don't get to play two-player games very often, so I haven't gotten to follow up on my first play of this.
Zooloretto (Jul 04) - Some people in my group still prefer Coloretto, but I like what the theme adds to the game.
Qwirkle (Jul 14) - Nice little pattern matching game. Must be good, because I don't normally like pattern matching games.
Pillars of the Earth, The (Jul 28) - Somehow this game manages to pack lots of different options into a light game. I don't normally like lots-of-options games because of its tendency to bring out the AP in me, but this one doesn't have that problem.
Fury of Dracula (Aug 18) - My friend James was surprised when I wanted to play this at the Buckeye Game Fest. The game lasted over 6 hours and I still had a great time. This game may seem out of character for me, but it scratches my RPG itch.
(Binary) Homeworlds (Aug 31) - I wanted to include an icehouse pyramid game in my list, and this is it. I've been wanting to learn Binary Homeworlds for a while, and I finally got it to the table in August. Probably won't have much chance to play it with my normal gaming group(s), but maybe I can get in a game with Andy Looney next year at Origins.
Caylus Magna Carta (Sep 07) - I don't much care for Caylus, but I enjoyed Caylus Magna Carta. It's all the theme with half the complexity. For people who like complex games that's not a good thing, but it works for me.
Race for the Galaxy (Dec 21) - It might be too early for this game to make the list since I only first played it a week and a half ago. But of the games I played that night, this is the one that I keep coming back to as one I'd like to try again. So here it is.
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22. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Kris Verbeeck
Belgium
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First year in boardgaming
(Picture is my Essen haul)

1. Power Grid
2. Through the Desert best two player
3. Ra
4. Carcassonne Introduction to the hobby
5. Puerto Rico
6. Santiago
7. Modern Art
8. Can't StopFavourite filler
9. Hamsterrolleand Qwirkle Instant success with nongeeks
10. Nexus Ops


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23. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
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Netherlands
Rijen
Noord Brabant
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Notre Dame
Louis XIV
Pillars of the Earth
GIPF
Traders of Genoa
Kingsburg
Ingenious
Through the Desert
Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
Reef Encounter

Great year!
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24. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1680]
CanCon, BunnyCon...BorderCon!!!
Australia
KILLARA
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Streetsoccer gets the nod for Best New Game to me in '07. Great soccer game that plays in quick time and replicates the feel of the real thing.

My top 10 in no particular order -

d10-1 Streetsoccer (37 plays)

d10-2 Blue Moon (Card Game - 3 plays)

d10-3 Yspahan (13 plays)

d10-4 Khet - The Laser Game (13 plays)

d10-5 Colosseum (3 plays)

d10-6 Tichu (49 plays)

d10-7 Fairy Tale (65 plays)

d10-8 Ubongo (23 plays)

d10-9 Nexus Ops (7 plays)

d10-0 Doom: The Board Game (4 plays)

Neuroshima Hex and Duel of Ages are unlucky to miss the cut.


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25. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:575]
Matthew Bond
United Kingdom
Norwich
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My top ten.

Formula Dé
Twilight Struggle
Tide of Iron
1960: The Making of the President
Imperial
Turn The Tide
Wabash Cannonball
Hey! That's My Fish!
Struggle of Empires
Brass

Container and Basari should be mentioned as well.
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